POSTED: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 7:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 8:06pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — The report cards are out for schools across the state, and almost half of them got a failing grade. Forty-four percent of Louisiana public schools received a D or an F Wednesday and Governor Bobby Jindal says that is unacceptable. He says it's time to fix the problem, and fast.
Jindal says it is his top priority to pass aggressive reforms for K-12 schools. His plan is to give teachers who do a great job in the classroom more incentives to keep working hard for student improvement. He also says he wants to make sure that schools have more options readily available to them, so they can better meet their students' needs.
Former superintendent, Paul Pastorek, resigned back in May. Jindal says he hopes to fill that position with a reform-minded leader who can take action right away.
"The folks that look at this progress and tell us that incremental reform is fine, they will eventually get there, our students only grow up once," he says. "Our children only have one chance to get a great education. Five, ten, or fifteen years is not quick enough for them."
Jindal also calls parents to action, saying they should know their child's school grade, and demand better performance.